Control of power through Rule of law? Sino-German Conference of the Shanghai Administration Institute and FES Shanghai

Event: Society and Politics

The conference “Can control of power be achieved through Rule of Law?” was held on 24/25 September 2015 and provided a platform to discuss the different normative interpretations of Rule of Law for experts in- and outside of China.

At the 4th plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in October 2014 the expansion of the Chinese legal system has received a new impulse.

Since then the debate has flared up again on how the term yi fa zhi guo should be translated and therefore interpreted: As Rule by Law, Rule of Law or Rule of Law with Chinese characteristics? But in addition to these questions of interpretation the academic and political leadership of China does also face enormous real tasks: A balance must be achieved between state-partisan, state-societal and state-economical interactions.

What are effective measures to restrict and control political and administrative power? How can a system of "checks and balances" be implemented? Which ideas are connected with the different interpretations of the concept of law? What are the necessary conditions for the media to perform their function of being a supervisory body in a country? How can a political environment be created in which social actors have a balancing and power-controlling function? What is the relationship between the Central Power and the periphery and what are the consequences of such a relation?

These and more questions have been discussed at the Conference „Can control of power be achieved through Rule of Law?” which was organized by the Shanghai Administration Institute in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Shanghai. The conference was held on 24/25 September 2015 and provided a platform to discuss about the different normative interpretations of Rule of Law for experts in- and outside of China.

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